Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Joe Pool, Pastor
Dr. Joe Pool came to FUMC Rockwall as senior pastor in June 2006.  Joe has served several churches in the North Texas Conference. He has lead three successful building programs, increased worship attendance and mission awareness and involvement. He has led Disciple Bible Study groups and enjoys teaching. He and his wife, Becky, have three children, Candace, Corey, and Amanda.

Rev. Katie Newsome, Associate Pastor
Rev. Katie Newsome joined our staff in 2018, and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at First UMC Rockwall. Katie graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Psychology in 2012 and also graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU with a Master of Divinity in 2016. Katie is an ordained Elder in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church and has previously served at FUMC Coppell, Oak Lawn UMC, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Rev. Christina Hildebrand, Minister of Life Stages Ministry
Rev. Christina Hildebrand joined our staff in 2006. Our Children’s Ministry has flourished under her service and leadership. Christina will now serve as Minister of Life Stage Ministries: Pastoral Care Coordinator, Confirmation Classes, Support Group Ministries, Senior Adult Ministries and Baptism Coordination. Life Stage Ministries includes specific groups for the special seasons of our lives: Bump to Baby, Empty Nesters, Sandwich Generations, Recovery Groups, Covenant Groups, etc. Christina will continue as liturgist and preacher in worship services. Christina is married to Stefan and they have three children Andrew, William and Sarah.

Rev. Paul Maletic, Minister with Youth
Rev. Paul Maletic joined our church staff in 2008. Paul attended Southwestern University, Class of 2004 and also graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 2008. Paul is ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church. Paul previously served Walnut Hill UMC in Dallas. Paul brings excitement and energy to our youth ministry.

Rev. Clay Womack, Minister of Missions
Rev. Clay Womack joined our staff as Missions Minister in August, 2017. Taking the retired relationship in July, 2017, after forty-two years of full-time service as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church here in North Texas. Clay brings a deep resume’ of experience and leadership in Christian missions, outreach, and disaster response on the local, domestic, and international levels. He is a 1975 graduate of Texas A&M University and a 1979 graduate of Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Married to Gail, a retired math teacher, since 1975, they are the proud parents of son Justin, also a Texas Aggie, who lives, works, and serves Christ in Austin, Texas.

Vail Keck, Director of Music and Arts

Vail joined our staff in September of 2018. She was raised in the United Methodist Church from her earliest days. Her family was engaged in music ministries in their local church. Vail earned her B.A. in music and voice performance and her M.A. in choral conducting from The University of California, Santa Cruz; and post graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Oklahoma. Vail is married to Steve and they have one son, James. 

Shirley Womack, Welcoming Ministries
Shirley connects our first time guests and continuing guests to their areas of interest in the church as well as shepherding those desiring to join through the membership process at First UMC Rockwall.  She also works closely with our First Impression Teams.  Shirley is a graduate of Texas A & M and is married to Larry Womack.  They have two sons, Matt and wife, Melissa, Marcus and wife, Alyssa, along with six grandchildren, Abby, Lucy, Clare, Madeleine, Graham, and Jude.

Sandy Heard, Connecting Ministries
Sandy Heard joined our staff as Director of Connecting Ministries in May 2017.  Sandy is currently a seminary student at SMU Perkins School of Theology pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree after leaving an 18 year career in Human Resources. With this degree, she hopes to become ordained as an Elder in The United Methodist Church. In her current role, Sandy connects new members to the life and ministries of our church to deepen their relationships with neighbor and God. Sandy is excited to move into this new vocation, and is supported by her husband James and their two children, Morgan and Jonah.


Gary Hancock, Director of Finance and Administration ghancock@fumcrockwall.com

Gary has been in key leadership positions at the Lake Highlands UMC in Dallas: Finance, Feed Lake Highlands, Inc. Trustees, Capital Campaigns, and major projects. Gary has served as CFO and Managing Director of several commercial real estate companies and property development groups. Gary is married to Sabrina and they have a daughter, Megan.

Jennifer Potter, Director of Operations jpotter@fumcrockwall.com

Jennifer Potter joined the staff at First UMC Rockwall as Membership Secretary in March 2008. She grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She has been married to Steven Potter since 2003 and has one daughter Leahia. Jennifer has been a faithful member of First UMC Rockwall since 2006.

Liz Payne, Director of Children’s Ministries lpayne@fumcrockwall.com

Bio coming…

Melissa Bloom, Assistant of Children’s Ministries mbloom@fumcrockwall.com

Melissa has been an integral volunteer at First UMC Rockwall with Sunday School, VBS, special events, and our children’s team. Melissa is a graduate of Texas A & M. She is married to Jim Bloom, a paramedic, and has two children; Ethan and Caroline.

Leah Chapman, Assistant Minister with Youth lchapman@fumcrockwall.com

Leah Chapman has served as the Assistant Youth Minister since August 2017. Leah is currently a seminary student at Dallas Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Theology with an emphasis in Apologetics. She is thrilled to be working with youth and is passionate about helping them on their faith journey. Leah lives in Mesquite with her husband Phillip.

Cynthia Waterman, Director of Children’s Choirs cwaterman@fumcrockwall.com

Cynthia Waterman joined our church staff in September of 2018. She graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in Broadcast News and Journalism and studied vocal coaching at Texas Wesley University in Ft. Worth. Cynthia has worked in broadcast production and with various Title Companies and as a consultant. Cynthia is married to Warren and they have three children, Kyra, Owen and Hope.

Leia Browning, Youth Choir Director lbrowning@fumcrockwall.com

Leia Browning joined our music staff as Youth Choir Director, effective September 1, 2016. Leia brings an impressive resume’ of church music experience, is an accomplished vocalist, and is the current choral director of Rockwall High School. Leia has served churches in San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Garland and Dallas. She has a calling to minister with youth in and through music. Leia is excited to be a part of our music staff and church. Leia is married to Eric and they have two children, Lucas and Montana.

June Overholt, Pianist & Organist joverholt@fumcrockwall.com

June joined the FUMC Rockwall staff in 1997, and has served churches in Kansas and Texas. She has accompanied groups and soloists throughout the United States. June is married to Bob, has one son, Jason and one granddaughter, Jaden


Jackie Metzger, Finance Manager jmetzger@fumcrockwall.com

Jackie joined the staff of First UMC Rockwall in May, 2011, as Finance and Office Assistant, assuming the job of Finance Manager in September, 2013, when Bonnie Klein resigned after 20 years. Jackie has lived in Rockwall since 2005 and has three grown children and five grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, Jennifer, is a first grade teacher at Stevenson Elementary. Jackie has a real estate license in Ebby Halliday’s Alumni program and owned and operated a bed and breakfast inn in Galveston for seven years. She is a member of the Becomer’s Sunday School class and enjoys photography and spending time with her grandchildren and recently organized, Celebration, a small group for single women 55 and better here at First UMC Rockwall.

Debbie Weigant, Finance and Office Assistant dweigant@fumcrockwall.com

Debbie re-joined our staff in 2013 working in Finance Administration on Mondays. She retired from a 23 year career in Finance/Procurement at Raytheon-Greenville Division. She is active in our Chancel Choir and is married to Ronnie Weigant, both members of the Harmony Sunday School Class. Ronnie and Debbie have a blended family of 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Amy Moore, Director of Communications amoore@fumcrockwall.com

Amy Moore joined the staff at First UMC Rockwall in October 2017. She grew up in Richardson and graduated from Texas Christian University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She is married to Travis Moore and have twins, Emily and Luke. The Moore family become members to First UMC in December 2017.

Beth Boulware, Receptionist/Membership Assistant bboulware@fumcrockwall.com

Beth Boulware joined the Church staff in January, 2011 as Church Receptionist. In addition she has prepared the Church newsletter since November, 2009. She and her husband Bob have been members since 2002. Beth retired from AT&T after 29 years. She is active in Bible studies and is a member of the J.E. Wilson class. Her hobbies include anything that involves her grandson.

Ruth Sears, Membership Volunteer rsears@fumcrockwall.com

Ruth joined the Church Staff as Membership Secretary volunteer in July, 2009. She and her husband Curtis, have lived in Rockwall for 20 years. They have two grown children, Matt and Emily, She began her career with Southwestern Bell and a judicial clerkship for the Missouri Supreme Court in Topeka, Kansas and retired from AT&T after a 30 year legal career. She is active in Bible Studies, GED tutoring, Vasebreakers Sunday School class and Sailsetters and leads adult mission trips to UMCOR Depots.. Ruth enjoys reading, traveling, swimming, and movies.

Wedding Coordinator – Position Available

If you would are interested in having a wedding here or have any questions, please contact our Director of Operations, Jennifer Potter, jpotter@fumcrockwall.com

The ARK Preschool

Chris Conway, Director of The Ark Preschool cconway@fumcrockwall.com

Chris joined the church staff in March 2012. She is a graduated from Boston University with a degree in elementary education, and taught for 9 years at R.Q. Mills Elementary in Dallas. Chris has attended First UMC Rockwall with Neil Conway since 2000. Neil and Chris have two children Seth and Maya.

Amy Swiney, Assistant Director of The Ark Preschool aswiney@fumcrockwall.com

Amy graduated from Baylor University with a business degree, and was the Assistant to the Children’s Minister at FUMC Rockwall prior to joining The Ark staff. In addition, Amy has served in multiple volunteer capacities in this community, since moving to Heath in 1997. Amy is married to Bob and they have twins, Garrett and Hannah.